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We are excited to announce today’s Freebie Friday from one of our favorite template designers, Jamie Schultz Designs. Today she is offering a wallet accordion mini book. Jamie had this to say about this popular product, “Accordion mini books continue to be a huge hit among my high school senior portrait clients and their parents. It’s an easy book to transport and show off to friends and family which in turn leads to word of mouth business for my studio.”
We are so excited to have our Vogue Vendor spotlighted today for Jamie Schultz creator/owner of Jami Schultz Designs.
Jamie describe your business:
Jamie Schultz Designs is a template design studio offering professional photographers a variety of unique designs that will help set her clients apart from their competition.
What makes your product/service unique?
Jamie Schultz is a successful photographer meaning she has first hand knowledge of what types of products go over well with portrait clients.
Tell us how your business/product came about.
When Jamie used to get together with fellow photographers she would share some of the products she had custom designed for clients. Those photographers asked if they could purchase the template for those designs so they could sell similar products to their clients and that is how Jamie Schultz Designs was born.
What is your most popular product/service?
Because a majority of Jamie’s portrait clients are newborns and high school seniors, those are the types of products she designs the most. Cards and coffee table books are always popular items.
We would love for you to discover Jamie Schultz Design for yourself:
Jamie Schultz Designs has a special treat this month. They are having a HUGE Birthday Bash Sale and Free Gift.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE birthdays…even my own! Since it’s my birthday this week I decided to throw myself a little birthday bash here at Jamie Schultz Designs. As part of the celebration I’m offering everyone 38% off their entire order throughout the month of April. Simply enter the following code at checkout: happybirthday
As a special bonus I’m offering a FREE GIFT with any purchase of $40 or more (after discount). The gift includes six of the top-selling storyboard collages in my portrait studio!
I’m also offering some fun FREE DOWNLOADS and exclusive offers on the Jamie Schultz Designs Facebook Page so be sure to stay tuned! Below is a little preview of a few of the downloads people have received so far…and no, it’s not to late to grab them.
And here’s a peek at the new Confetti Cards I’m offering for only $10 during the Birthday Bash Event!
I love to decorate my home with photographs. I do believe, however, that there is a limit to how many frames one can have in their home. I do not believe there is a limit on the number of photographs though. Photographs are memories that are a part of you, so get them off of your computer and into your home. Here are two ways I love to do this. The first, I have been doing for a couple of years now and the other is one that is brand new to me. But oh, am I excited about it.
On our coffee table in our family room sits a giant, oversized bowl from Restoration Hardware. It is filled with close to 200 images. Images that I love. Some are snapshots of our everyday life, some are from styled photo shoots, and some are from our family travels. I have been collecting them there for almost two years. I like to get them printed up from WHCC at 3.5 x 5 inches. I make sure to order it with the mat board option. This makes them strong enough to be handled even by toddlers. Guests come over and are welcome to handle and look through all of our memories. My children even love to go through the bowl from time to time. It can be super expensive to order a ton all at once. So any time I find that I have pictures that I love, I just order them up. Just a hand full at a time. I really do love having it. You could certainly start with a small bowl and then move to a larger bowl as your collection grows. Like I said, we have had it out for years now and those pictures have been handled by many and they still look great! Don’t forget to order them with the mat board!
And now I have a new idea! Here’s the deal. Outside my bedroom, I have a funky plain wall. I haven’t known what to put there. I have had ideas from time to time, but nothing really great. So there it stands, totally blank and boring. I have finally decided what to do with it. I want to fill it with 8×8 inch prints. But not just any kind of prints. Photographs printed onto wood. I ordered my first one shown here from Woodsnap. It came and I have to say, I am totally impressed with the quality. The cool thing is they can print up your fav Instagram shots as well. My hope it to fill that wall with 8 inch squared photographs of some of my happiest moments. Here is one of my two oldest kids. They were off to Winter Formal with their dates but I hurried and caught a shot of just them. I love it because at that moment, Parker cracked a joke that made Claire laugh and well, it was just one of those happy Mom moments. I am glad it is not lost in my computer.
Here is the back just so you can see it. I am totally excited to get my new wall of memories up. However, I won’t order all at once. Instead, I want to just order my favorites that happen throughout the next couple of years. I will have to keep you posted as it grows. I am excited to keep adding to my bowl of memories as well. Hope you join in and fill your home with your photographed memories. Happy decorating!
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ABOUT SANDI:
Sandi is a photographer living in Orange County, California and running Sandi Gentry Photography. Her love of family and photography convinced her to start a magazine called The Sandbucket. It is a magazine gathering lovely ideas for lovely families.
Tiffany Bender nailed it at our CELEBRITY SECRETS LIVE Web Event. She shared some fabulous ideas on creating the ultimate client experience that I’m totally going to start doing with my own clients! Oh, and her sales tips were BRILLIANT ones I’d never heard before. I can see how she gets such high sales now!
If you missed out, now is your chance.
The video recording of this live event is only available for the next 48 hours!
“I am so glad I was able to be a part of Tiffany Bender’s webinar! Not only is she an amazing photographer, but gave great advice for how to find the RIGHT clients! It was wonderful to learn her process for how she creates her amazing dream sessions. Though there is some time and effort involved, learning about client expectations, creating the dream, and how to treat them like superstars is what makes the difference! I am so thankful to Tiffany for sharing with us and letting us be a part adn am so inspired to step out of my box and do the session that I dream of!” -Kat Ferraro
Introducing the fabulous Summer Murdock from Summer Murdock Photography. Summer will be providing a critique as one of our May Celebrity Photographers.
Meet Chic Critiques’ Celebrity Photographer, Summer Murdock of Summer Murdock Photography located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Summer is an on location natural light photographer that loves to photograph children. Her photography has been described as “magical, raw, and “real” sprinkled with a peaceful beauty”. Her style is very dynamic but she loves to find the magic in everyday details. Summer’s work has been published in books, magazines, and featured on many of the leading photography blogs. She has recently delved into commercial work shooting a children’s clothing line.
Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?
Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?
Critique is everything. Sometime we get so emotionally connected to the images we create that it is really hard to step back and see what other people are seeing. And in a world of social media where we can instantly upload an image and get all kinds of “likes” and be showered with comments like “love” “adorable” “perfect”, i think it is especially important. We can all learn and grow at any stage in our journey. An outside perspective is crucial to that process.
What camera do you use? Favorite lens?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II. I use my 24-70L 2.8 and my 50mm 1.4 pretty equally. Can’t choose one.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Magical, raw, real.
My kids and the light…I know it’s a little cliche but watching my kids and their fresh view of the world really inspires me. Childhood is so magical. I love watching them learn and grow and discover the world. SO so inspirational. And then the light. It’s all about the light. When I see gorgeous light I run for my camera. In fact I find it difficult to be wholeheartedly inspired without it. The light really drives my creative process. Light can make a stinking semi-truck driving down the highway look beautiful. Sounds funny but next time you are driving down the highway into the golden dewy sunset you’ll see what i mean! HA
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I have four small kids so this can get really difficult. Honestly I need to work on this but I set specific hours during the day to work and I stick to it. Anything else that has to get done i do after the kids are in bed. I really try to be present and “unplug” from social media for a period each day and really be present with my kids and play.
Best biz/photo advice?
First and foremost shoot what you love. Make time for personal projects. They will keep you inspired and loving what you do. If you don’t love what you are doing it will likely show through in your work.
What have you learned the hard way?
Don’t undervalue and underprice your work..you’ll burn out. And stick to your guns about your pricing.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
Honestly, I don’t really try to compete. I live in a market that is VERY over-saturated. You can find photographers at every corner (some of them decent) who will shoot a session for next to nothing. The best way to deal with that is just to be myself and do my very best work. I’m always pushing myself to learn and grow. i have found that since I have been able to really be who I am as an artist and photographer that people notice. There is no one just like me and there are people out there who appreciate that. BE YOURSELF and you’ll inevitably stand out!
Where have most of your clients come from (besides WOM)?
Well this is a no brainer…facebook!
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
Recently attended Kellie Hatcher’s “Light and Life” workshop and loved it!
What is your most popular product?
Summer’s Photo Critique Class is already SOLD OUT…but you can still purchase a Silent Seat HERE!
IT’S FREEBIE FRIDAY (on Saturday-ha) for forum members! This week we are giving you a Chic Welcome Packet as your template set valued at $65!
I have spent years trying to find the perfect Welcome Packet to send to my clients. I wanted something that looked upscale but I didn’t want to have to print it in bulk knowing that any product or pricing changes would be difficult and expensive. Thus, the Couture Catalogue was born! The Couture Catalogue is the perfect solution for photographers since it can be printed at home, yet still appears very fancy. Not only can you print and bind it to create a beautiful pricing and product menu but you can also make it into a PDF as another format to communicate with your clients. Catalogue contains 6 pages of gorgeous graphic elements with enough space for portrait collections, wall galleries, product images and text (wording is not included.) Scroll down to find a style that fits your brand.
What the “Couture Catalogue” looks like in real life:
There’s more! Check out the Couture Conversation Cards that come with it:
3} Couture Conversation Cards for a client gift (30 ~ 4×5 jpegs)
Presentation is EVERYTHING! Wow your clients from the beginning to the end with our Chic Welcome Packet! Start with our chic Couture Catalogue that is so professional & pretty that your clients will never know that you printed it from home! (Printing & binding vendors and instructions included.) Catalogue includes 6 pages and several professionally photographed product images for you to showcase as well as areas to add text, collections, and even wall galleries! Next, add a personal touch by giving custom Thank You cards. Finish it off with a surprise gift for your clients with our Couture Conversation Cards. All files (except the Conversation Cards) are fully-layered PSDs and customizable for your boutique business. ***Templates do NOT include wording or wall gallery images!